The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. J Hlavac
Jaroslav Hlavac was born in Petrvald, Czechoslovakia on 11th September 1914 and was serving in the Czech Air Force in 1939 when the country was taken over by the Germans.
He moved with Czech units through Poland and France, where he is recorded as serving with CIC No. 6, Groupe de Chasse III./7 and Groupe de Chasse I./6.
He escaped to England in June 1940 and was sent to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge to convert to Hurricanes. He joined 79 Squadron at Pembrey on 11th September and then moved to 56 squadron at Boscombe Down on 8th October.
On 10th October he was shot down and killed, his Hurricane P3421 coming down at Manor Farm, Worgret, west of Wareham, Dorset.
Hlavac is buried at Trinity churchyard, Warmwell.